Friday, March 23, 2012

First day of spring


By CHRIS MILLSPAUGH

I'm writing this "casual" on a clear Wednesday morning on the 21st of March—the first day of spring. The temperature is rising, the snow is melting and the grounds are flooding. We may have more snow to come, but, clearly, the winter season is waning. I, for one, can hardly contain myself—love the mud and the change of seasons.

This spring of promise finds me in a better position in life. One, I have no position in the job force this year. Two, my bills and taxes are paid up. And lastly, I'm not bent over backwards with back problems. Of course, right now, the money is going out faster than it is coming in, but, like the weather, it's because of a seasonal flood of one-time yearly bills.

In addition to my fortune, a driver's side door lock for my economical, hybrid 1984 Cadillac Coupe DeVille has been found from a donor in Twin Falls. This means that for the first time in a couple of years, I will no longer have to enter the vehicle on the passenger side, roll in and land under the steering wheel, ready to drive. Some have told me that perhaps this was the cause of my back problems. How about that?

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Those back problems are currently being treated by the ladies of the Elks Rehab Center at St. Luke's. These ladies, beautiful in appearance, are powerful women who can bench press you, throw you across the room without a whisper of a flinch and then say, "Does that hurt? Good, it's working, you're getting better."

I'm getting better and so, to celebrate, I will motor to Twin Falls with an old friend to see another old friend in the hospital. Then, echoing an old cry from the 1970s and '80s, "Jackpot!" I will continue on in search of good fortune.

Let's hope that this spring will find you as well in a better position and in a positive search for good fortune.

Nice talking to you.




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